Concert, speaker set for Anna

Staff report

ANNA —The band Plain Cities with motivational speaker Brad Hurtig, will present a concert in the auditorium of Anna Middle/High School, March 23, at 7 p.m.

The performance is family-friendly and open to the public, free of charge.

Hurtig was a student-athlete in a small town in northwest Ohio. Only days after Hurtig finished his sophomore year of high school, a devastating accident resulted in the amputation of both of his hands. Through hard work and determination, Hurtig soon rejoined his high school football team. In his senior year, Hurtig led his team defense, recording 111 tackles, and received all-state honors all while playing with no hands. Hurtig’s inspirational story of triumph quickly captured national headlines. Middle and high school students will hear his life-changing message earlier in the day.

Hurtig has a partnership with the band, Plain Cities, a Christian band based in Columbus. The concert is part of the school-wide One School, One Book initiative in which all students read the book, “Wonder,” by RJ Palacio. The book follows a young boy with facial deformities as he transitions to public school and must overcome adversity to succeed. Also part of this initiative is an essay contest that invites students to critically reflect on the main themes of the book.

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Staff report